Recipe: Traditional Tacos

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Beef and chicken tacos, served with a lime and a side of rojo sauce. Photo by Bryan Esler.

Looking for an easy homemade taco recipe? Traditional tacos start with corn tortillas, easy to find at any grocery store. If you flavor flour tortillas, try this recipe from Tony Ochoa.

• Carne (Meat: 1 pound flank steak, cut into 1-inch chunks)
• 2 Tablespoons fresh chopped cilantro
• 1 sweet onion, diced (for sautéing)
• 2-4 Green chiles
• 1 Tablespoon Cumin
• A pinch of raw onion (for topping)
• Salsa verde or rojo Optional: Queso fresco

The American way:

• Shredded lettuce
• Fresh tomato
• Cheddar cheese
• Sour cream

Directions:

Sauté́ the onions, cilantro, green chiles in a little bit of oil. Add the carne and season to taste with salt, pepper and cumin. Slow- cook on low, stirring and adding water as needed until the meat is tender (about an hour). Heat the corn tortilla (both sides) in an oiled skillet on medium heat. Dab off extra oil with paper towel and fill tortilla with meat mixture. Top with raw onion, fresh cilantro and salsa!

Prefer a more “American” taco? Use a flour tortilla and top with shredded lettuce, chopped tomato, cheddar cheese and sour cream. Yum!

 

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